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March 27

Can My Computer Play Civ 6 if it Can Play the Demo?

Pretty straightforward question. When the game came out I looked at the recommended specs and it didn't look like my computer (a Surface Pro 3) could. But I've played the demo on my computer and it works. Will the full game work too? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Computers & Internet at 12:59 PM - 3 answers

Is it possible to cut off just *one* toxic family member?

My mother is evil, but my siblings and father are nice (if passive and somewhat in denial). What to do? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere to Human Relations at 12:47 PM - 15 answers

How to get ahead at work as an introvert without strategizing?

I do not think strategically, for reasons. Mostly principles, as it feels like manipulation which is not my jam. I am noticing that a colleague is getting ahead through strategy despite low quality work (lots of missed deadlines, typos, red flags in internal audits) and questionable technical skills, because she is managing up with the supervisor. It is clearly a "sucking up" approach, with a clear agenda in all conversations where boss is present that reads as this artificial "I am your friend and you really like me." How can I also get ahead, without resorting to tactics? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Human Relations at 7:38 AM - 21 answers

March 26

Bundt pan blues

I need to find a 12 cup Bundt pan that is NOT non-stick coated. I don't want a silicone or glass pan either. Does anyone know where I could find one? Nordic ware doesn't make any that are not non-stick. I would prefer stainless steel but aluminum would be ok too. It absolutely can't have a non-stick coating (anything similar to ptfe etc.) I suppose a carbon steel one might work, if such a thing exists. Thanks a Bundt-ch!
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to Home & Garden at 2:09 PM - 6 answers

Brunch +egg +flour +butter +sugar -milk

I have all the conventional baking ingredients except milk, and would like to make something brunchish. I could use yogurt as a substitute but would prefer not to. What is my most delicious option? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine to Food & Drink at 11:08 AM - 7 answers

Containers for easy, mess free kombucha making?

MeFites who have been making kombucha for a while: what containers have you had success with for your primary ferments? Looking for ones that make it easy to do a transfer to bottles for a secondary ferment.
posted by ryanshepard to Food & Drink at 7:09 AM - 8 answers

finding a Forum for my website (wpForo?)

I've paid a Web designer to create a neighborhood-focused website for my little town (I am not tech-skilled). The most important part of it will be the Community Forum, providing a better level of public conversation. The platform is WordPress, but the current Forum page (and "manual" registration) is already proving to be too awkward to gather momentum. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle to Computers & Internet at 6:09 AM - 9 answers

March 25

Can one say 'Babylonian Encyclopedia' in Latin?

I want the meaning to be 'written by the Babylonians' rather than 'about the Babylonians', and google has left me thoroughly confused! (This is for a literary project rather than an historical one; the idea being that the Babylonians write a jolly good encyclopedia but have named it in Latin for some reason!)
posted by danteGideon to Writing & Language at 2:00 PM - 6 answers

How to keep tennis shoe tongue flat over laces?

How can I make the tongue of my shoe lay forward over the shoelaces while I'm recovering from a skin rash that it brushes against and irritates? This is what I want. Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat to Health & Fitness at 10:34 AM - 3 answers

Does Donald Trump have a driver's license?

Just that: does Donald Trump have, or did he ever have, a driver's license? Can he even drive anything other than a golf cart? [more inside]
posted by easily confused to Grab Bag at 8:30 AM - 6 answers

Craftfilter: resources for beautiful cross-stitch designs?

I recently got (back) into cross-stitch and made a small sampler in a single color. It looks great and I want to keep going! Can anyone recommend books, websites, blogs, designers, etc that I can browse to find cool patterns? [more inside]
posted by cpatterson to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:55 AM - 14 answers

Help me replace my wife's stuffed bear toy!

So my wife has had a toy since she was very young. As you can see, it's almost dead (my finger is included for proportions). I don't think I can find where it was made to get a replacement (see thread here), but does anyone know how I would go about getting someone to make a replica of it (there's admittedly not much left to go on, of course!)? Cheaper is better, and I'm UK based. I've looked on etsy but can't seem to find someone who will do it. Any help appreciated.
posted by NathanAlder to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:18 AM - 11 answers

March 24

How would Jerome K. Jerome have pronounced Montmorency?

I peruse "Three men in a boat" pretty much every day, in a certain situation, briefly. I'm a Californian and have no idea if Montmorency is pronounced as Mont-mor-en-cy or as Montsy, or Moresy, or. . . ?
posted by goofyfoot to Society & Culture at 10:38 PM - 7 answers

And so we pass on by the crimson eye...

Is there more Black Sabbath repertoire like 'Planet Caravan'? I find this piece magnetic. [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser to Media & Arts at 2:01 PM - 10 answers

What 60s-70s-80s animation has been restored and is available in HD?

I'm looking for some good examples of 60s-70s animation that has been restored and is available in good HD quality. Think simpler, cheap stuff like Hanna-Barbera style stuff or similar. [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler to Media & Arts at 12:51 PM - 7 answers

NYC Packers then Movers

I've searched previous questions, and while helpful, there's not quite enough recent info. I'm looking for a moving company for a move within NYC that will also pack up everything for me. That part is most important; I don't want to have to do my own packing. [more inside]
posted by newpotato to Home & Garden at 12:05 PM - 14 answers

Headaches after LASIK surgery

I had LASIK surgery about a week ago and have had no side effects, except a persistent mild, possibly eyestrain-related headache that hasn't left since I had the surgery. Has anyone else had this effect and has it typically gone away? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 to Health & Fitness at 10:01 AM - 3 answers

Did I get a lemon?

I have 13 days to return a tablet I got, should I? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Computers & Internet at 7:31 AM - 14 answers

March 23

I want to read radical works...but have the attention span of a flea.

I am in the mood to read some radical works - on anything, from community organizing, to race relations, to feminism, to alternative economic models, to lgbtq, to anarchism to whatever...the more left wing, the better. But I have no time - nor an attention span for more than 500 words at a time. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Media & Arts at 9:56 PM - 4 answers

Are the cheap massage places in the (east) bay all skeezy?

And more importantly, are they fronts for human trafficking? [more inside]
posted by Smearcase to Health & Fitness at 8:30 PM - 12 answers

No one eats like Gaston

How many chickens were employed, at minimum, to provide a steady supply of eggs for Gaston's breakfasts? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora to Food & Drink at 5:45 PM - 16 answers

Hex Map Math

I'm totally blind, and interested in a number of tabletop games which use hexes to regulate movement. I don't have an actual tactile map at this point, but have a giant Excel spreadsheet which is a somewhat cumbersome equivalent. I'm wondering about mathematical ways to tell the distance between two hexes, given (X, Y) coordinates, and determine what hexes are in, say, a 60-degree arc from a sepcific hex? [more inside]
posted by Alensin to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:16 PM - 12 answers

Please help me optimize my plans for healthy weight loss.

I have about 3.5 months in which I'd like to transform my body. Given a lack of flexible time (full-time job + mommying), I have some specific questions that will ultimately factor into how I stay consistent, enjoy my exercise time, and make sure I don't fall off the wagon. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville to Health & Fitness at 2:20 PM - 25 answers

Source for green Connemara marble beads?

I want some green Connemara marble beads. (8mm, round, nice green color...) Can anyone suggest a reputable source that's not too expensive? Time isn't a factor: I can wait. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:36 PM - 7 answers

Are nonprofits suffering in 2017? If so, GOT SOURCES?

I'd swear I recently heard a news segment about how smaller nonprofits not focused on human rights or health or the environment are seeing massive drops in charitable giving because those funds are being funneled elsewhere. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife to Society & Culture at 11:47 AM - 3 answers

Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.

I wish for translation to be done, from Latin. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork to Writing & Language at 11:25 AM - 7 answers

Storing CDs In The Cloud.

Time to free up house space, so time to get rid of my CDs. Please help me sort out my options. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DanSachs to Technology at 11:06 AM - 17 answers

Why am I moving my legs off the bed while I sleep?

I fall asleep on my side, but recently I've started doing something odd; rolling onto my stomach and moving my entire body down to the end of the bed so that my feet and legs are hanging off. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat to Health & Fitness at 10:40 AM - 16 answers

Name That Music Video

Bits I remember: it was shot and edited so as to jump backwards in time every few seconds/beats, progressively getting further back. It opens with a woman (a jogger?) emerging from some bushes, possibly colliding with someone. And I think it ends with her on the top of a building. [more inside]
posted by zazerr to Grab Bag at 7:16 AM - 6 answers

Can you recommend me educational medical iPad apps suitable for a 10yo?

My daughter has for some time been very interested in medical topics and the body, and is learning anatomical jargon the way some kids learn the names of dinosaurs. I'm sure there must be some great iPad apps to indulge her curiousity, but I'm confused by the choices. The field seems to be dominated by anatomy apps aimed at medical students on the one hand, and crappy or creepy and not very educational games aimed at small children on the other. Do you know of quality apps suitable for a 10 year old?
posted by snarfois to Computers & Internet at 3:10 AM - 9 answers

March 22

Help! I need to stay fit for the next two weeks. #exercisefilter

I'm getting married in 2.5 weeks. A couple of weeks ago, my trainer had to suddenly stop the group training classes that had been getting me in the best shape of my life. I have a handle on nutrition and will keep that going on my own; but what can I do, on my own, for the next few weeks to maintain the stronger muscles and healthier body fat percentage that I've worked hard to attain over the last 9 months? I can't deny that I want to look good when the cameras are on me. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy to Health & Fitness at 8:09 PM - 17 answers

What do these phrases mean actually?

From "The Third Man" by Green. Martins and the police are in the sewer chasing Harry. Martins said," It's odd thing-I don't even know your name." " Bates, sir." He gave a low laugh in the darkness. "This isn't my usual beat. Do you know the Horseshoe,sir?" "Yes." "And the Duke of Grafton?" "Yes." "Well, it takes a lot to make a world." My questions are..what the Horseshoe and the Duke of Grafton are and, what this Bates's last phrase means. I wonder if both are the names of the popular places like Sherlock Holmes House.. in the UK and if they are located in his usual beat ?? I googled them, but I couldn't find the answer.Thank you for helping me.
posted by mizukko to Writing & Language at 7:38 PM - 8 answers

Buffer for a kitchen sink that opens to living space/carpet

Recently moved. Kitchen counter/sink opens to living room and carpeted area instead of being walled in. Only a couple of inches, if that, of counter space between the back of the sink and the edge of the counter. Not a lot of buffer for splashes. What can I do to block the sink area off a bit to avoid splashing on the carpet when I am washing the dishes, et cetera? [more inside]
posted by cokelessrome to Home & Garden at 6:02 PM - 4 answers

Help me have a fun day off in London

I've got a day off tomorrow. I live in London. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Travel & Transportation at 5:23 PM - 21 answers

Help me identify an actor!

I'm thinking of a comedic actor who may still be active but came up in his 20s in the 1980s or maybe 1990s and who primarily acted in screwball comedies. But I can't think of the name! [more inside]
posted by mikel to Media & Arts at 3:03 PM - 88 answers

Best Floppy Heel Trail Running Shoe?

I normally shop bargain bins and veer towards minimalist shoes for road running because whenever a shoe has a rigid heel counter, I tend to wear holes in the lining within a month. I'd like to find trail worthy shoes that fit my clown feet and have that same lack of hard plastic that wraps up behind my heel. [more inside]
posted by mattamatic to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:34 PM - 4 answers

In a relationship, what's the difference between romance and friendship?

I've been in a happy relationship for 7 months - the last 5 have been exclusive - with a man who is very sweet, funny, and good to me. We spend a lot of time together, have a lot of fun and good sex, but he's not the most romantic person in the world, in large part because he's not very emotional. The other day a good friend of mine told me that she felt like my boyfriend and I were "just friends" and that she didn't think I should be very invested in a long term commitment with him. I'd love to hear from the married/long-term partnered folk out there: what's the difference between romance and friendship in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 to Human Relations at 12:38 PM - 46 answers

Best way to print directly on duplicate DVDs ?

(Note: I know it's illegal to copy DVDs to sell them...I'm not doing that)...just looking to print black type headlines directly onto my own back ups. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow to Computers & Internet at 10:23 AM - 5 answers

Looking for affordable bluetooth receiver for my car. Help hive!

I have used several automobiles that have bluetooth and have paired my devices with them. I like that i can hop in the car and my phone will automatically pair and connect. My car does not have this luxury however i do have a mini jack input and usb power. I am looking for a device that will give me bluetooth audio in my car. I have bought a couple over the years but they Neither A: turn on when my car turns on and B:pair automatically with my device. Hive! Do you know of such a device that I can power with my car's USB and will pair automatically with my phone (iphone6)?
posted by citybuddha to Technology at 8:02 AM - 6 answers

Name my blog, please!

I'm trying to come up with a nice, catchy, .com-domain-available name for my blog on the topics of organization, budgeting, planning, productivity, aimed at the disorganized and overwhelmed crowd. Something like Unf*** your habitat with a focus on organization and planning - and with less swear words. I'd like to keep this PG-rated. Any ideas are welcome!
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox to Technology at 5:04 AM - 18 answers